Garth Brooks salutes our military with an ACM performance you must watch

We could care less if he lip-synced or not — what Garth Brooks did the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards stage on the evening of April 19 was nothing short of a moment of divine inspiration.

Donning a blazing red buttoned down shirt and black cowboy hat, Brooks performed his powerful new song “All-American Kid,” written by fellow country music artist Craig Campbell and featured on Brooks’ current album “Man Against Machine.”

“To have it on his album was a big deal, but now […] I can’t even explain it,” Campbell told Taste of Country.

And while the lyrics of the song emphatically delivered by Brooks seemed to be enough of an emotional punch, the performance became that much more powerful when Brooks was joined by a seemingly never ending line of active military service members.

“I’d like to take a second to thank all our men and women in the armed forces that are here,” said Brooks, who received one of the evenings’s coveted Milestone Awards but lost ‘Entertainer of the Year” to Luke Bryan. “And as far as you, Texas, this is kind of where we started our career, way back in all the honky-tonks.”

Tricia Despres is a senior correspondent for Rare Country, based out of Chicago. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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